Despite 52 points from Brooks, Providence falls to Notre Dame

Associated Press
Thursday, February 24, 2011; D06

Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points and Tim Abromaitis had a season-high 28 to lead No. 9 Notre Dame to a 94-93 win over struggling Providence on Wednesday night despite a Big East-record 52 points by Marshon Brooks.

The visiting Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start in 11 seasons under Coach Mike Brey.

Brooks's 52 points was the most ever scored against Notre Dame. The Friars (14-14, 3-12) have lost six of seven after beating then-No. 19 Louisville and No. 8 Villanova in late January.

"I don't know if I've ever seen a performance like that," Brey said of Brooks.

l WISCONSIN 53, MICHIGAN 52: Bo Ryan watched the ball leave his freshman guard's hands and realized there was only one way it could go in - it had to bank.

Sure enough, Josh Gasser's three-pointer bounced off the glass and through the net at the buzzer for the 12th-ranked Badgers (21-6, 11-4 Big Ten) on the road. The Wolverines (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) were dealt a severe blow to their NCAA tournament hopes.

"I've had some buzzer-beaters in my life, but not on a stage like this, and I've certainly never banked in a winning three before," said Gasser, who finished with five points.

l DUKE 78, TEMPLE 61: Things are getting back to normal for the host Blue Devils: They are ranked No. 1 and points came in bunches for Kyle Singler.

Singler broke out of a slump by scoring 28 points. "He was just not to be denied," Owls Coach Fran Dunphy said.

The ACC-leading Blue Devils (26-2) dodged a late-season nonconference letdown. Lavoy Allen finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Owls (21-6).

l ST. JOHN'S 76, DEPAUL 51: The 23rd-ranked Red Storm was playing its first game as a ranked team in more than 10 years and it was at home against the Blue Demons, a team with one conference win this season.

But Dwight Hardy continued his scoring streak with 21 points as St. John's (18-9, 10-5 Big East) dominated. Freshman Cleveland Melvin had 16 points for the Blue Demons (7-20, 1-14), who have lost 14 of 15. This was DePaul's 29th consecutive loss to a ranked team and eighth this season.

l TEXAS A&M 61, OKLAHOMA 47: In College Station, Tex., Khris Middleton scored 13 points for the 21st-ranked Aggies. Texas A&M (22-5, 9-4 Big 12) took advantage of a strong start. Cade Davis had 21 points for Oklahoma (12-15, 4-9).

l ARKANSAS 77, KENTUCKY 76: Marcus Britt's layup in the final minute of overtime lifted the host Razorbacks over the Wildcats, ranked No. 22.

Arkansas (17-9, 6-6 SEC) trailed 76-75 in overtime; the Wildcats had the ball. But Jeff Peterson stole an errant pass by Kentucky (19-8, 7-6) and found Britt for the winning layup.

l NORTH CAROLINA 75, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 63: Harrison Barnes scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help the 19th-ranked Tar Heels pull away on the road.

Barnes missed all six of his shots in the first half for the Tar Heels (21-6, 11-2 ACC), including an air-balled jumper that had the rowdy Wolfpack fans on his case.

But he roared back in the second half. He hit a key jumper to ignite a clinching 17-7 run that sent the red-clad crowd heading for the exits.

C.J. Leslie had 13 points to lead N.C. State (14-13, 4-9), which lost to the Tar Heels for the 10th straight meeting.

l MISSOURI 77, BAYLOR 59: In Columbia, Mo., Ricardo Ratliffe narrowly missed a double-double in the first half and Laurence Bowers scored 18 of his 20 points in the second for the 20th-ranked Tigers (22-6, 8-5 Big 12).

Missouri is the Big 12's only unbeaten team at home (17-0).

LaceDarius Dunn, who leads the Big 12 with a 20.8 average, was scoreless in the first half for the Bears (17-10, 6-7) and finished with 12 points.

l BRIGHAM YOUNG 84, COLORADO STATE 76: Jimmer Fredette scored 34 points for the seventh-ranked Cougars (26-2, 12-1 Mountain West) at home. Andy Ogide had 25 points for the Rams (18-9, 8-5).

l PURDUE 72, INDIANA 61: There was little chance the Boilermakers would suffer a letdown after big wins over Wisconsin and Ohio State in the past week.

JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds to help No. 8 Purdue (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten) beat their rival. The Hoosiers (12-16, 3-12) lost their fifth straight.

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